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Lightning to host 46 of 70 living Medal of Honor recipients

The Medal of Honor recipients will be honored before the Lightning host the Penguins on Wednesday

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Who: The Tampa Bay Lightning will host 46 of the 70 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor at a pre-game ceremony prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. NBCSN, 970 WFLA). The group features nine honorees from the War on Terrorism, 34 from the Vietnam War, two from the Korean War and one from World War II. 

What: The Medal of Honor recipients will be honored and recognized during a pre-game ceremony, including a special ceremonial puck drop.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Pre-Game Ceremony - Approximately 8:05 p.m.

Where: On the ice at AMALIE Arena.

About the 2019 Medal of Honor Convention
Tampa Bay will be hosting the 2019 Medal of Honor Convention from October 22-26. The convention will shine a national spotlight on the Bay Area while honoring these true American Heroes with a series of events throughout the week. The Medal of Honor Convention is also an opportunity to showcase the Tampa Bay community's spectacular support for nearly 400,000 servicemembers, veterans and their families.

The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln. It is the nation's highest, and rarest, military decoration. The medal is bestowed by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States." Fewer than 3,500 individuals have received the medal, half of which have been posthumously. There are currently only 70 living recipients, one of the lowest numbers in history.

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